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PLN: Your Personal Learning Network Made Easy

PLN: Your Personal Learning Network Made Easy
What is a PLN? If I had to define what a ‘Personal Learning Network’ is, I would keep it simple and broad: n. – the entire collection of people with whom you engage and exchange information, usually online. Personal Learning Networks, or PLNs, have been around forever. Originally, they were your family and friends, maybe other educators you worked with, but as the internet and web 2.0 tools have become nearly ubiquitous, PLNs can include tons of different communities – social networking sites like Facebook, blogs, Twitter, wikis, social bookmarking tools, LinkedIn, and so many more. PLNs have immense value! So, why bother thinking about your PLN? Students can also reap the benefits of tapping into their PLNs. When you have a large group of people combing through vast amounts of information and collectively identifying the most useful, entertaining, or valuable parts, it only makes sense to tap into this collective knowledge! Build Your Own PLN What to Expect – Stages of PLN Adoption

Personal Learning Network Corporate Learning Strategies Daniel R. Tobin, Ph.D. Building Your Personal Learning Network Copyright ©1998 Daniel R. While many companies promise that every employee will receive one or two weeks of training per year, learning should take place every day on the job. I often use the following four-stage learning model to describe how we learn. The Four Stages of Learning Stage 1: Data Stage 2: Information Stage 3: Knowledge Stage 4: Wisdom In today's business world, we are all inundated with data (Stage 1) -- all those manuals, brochures, memos, letters, reports, and other printed material that cross our field of vision every day, not to mention all that we receive electronically. Management expert Peter Drucker has said that when you take data and give it relevance and purpose, you create information. Even when we have information, we must use that information by applying it to our work before we can say we "know it." Who should be in your personal learning network? Home Page

Teacher letter to parent...The primary teacher to parent communication tool. September 10, 20xx Parents of Students Grade 11, Class C Maxwell Park Secondary School Dear Parents of 11C Students: As the new school year gets underway it is timely to send you the guidelines and procedures that will be followed this year at Maxwell Park School with respect to homework and unplanned absences. Uncompleted Class Work If your child does not complete his/her school work in class, I may require that it be completed at home. Uncompleted Homework Repeated failure to complete homework may result in the issuance of an Academic Notice. Missed Homework Due to AbsenceExcused absences: Students who are absent due to illness have three days for each full day missed to make up school work that was missed (after he/she returns to school). Unexcused Absences: Classwork and homework missed due to planned or voluntary absence must be completed and handed-in on the day of return to school. Yours truly, Antonio Vargas

40 Google Plus Tips for Newbies Ok, so at this point, we are all newbies at Google Plus, right? At least if you got in recently via a Google Plus invite. At this point I’ve spent a decent amount of time with it and have concluded that Google has finally made a positive mark in social networking. It’s still early, but there is a lot of excitement around Google+ by those who have jumped on early, and for good reason. Google has launched a social network with several features designed to leapfrog its competition. 40 Google Plus Tips for Newbies Last Updated August 18th, 2011: Replaced tip #22 (old) with a fresh resource on changes on Google plus. July 20, 2011: Added a video in the advanced tips section informing readers how to share a link on Google Plus as their currently isn’t an easy way for website owners to offer that option for readers. *A word about updates to this post. [/unordered_list] [/toggle] Friends First thing you’ll likely want to do is add some friends right? Tip #1: Adding Friends from Suggestions. Circles

How to Create a Professional Learning Community It takes careful planning to form a useful and functional PLC, but once the foundation is built, the benefits will soon be evident. This how-to article accompanies the feature "Teachers and Community Members Practice TLC with PLCs." Here are a few tips to consider when planning a professional learning community: Teach Participants How to Collaborate The success of PLCs hinges on collaboration, but don't assume it'll come naturally. Help the teams develop their own protocols and norms. Credit: Edutopia As a PLC facilitator, Nancy Krakowka, a sixth-grade language arts teacher at the district's Cutchogue East Elementary School, knows that collaboration doesn't happen overnight. Krakowka's group worked to find a common goal -- creating student portfolios. Create an Atmosphere of Trust To the educator accustomed to closing the door, sharing information about techniques can be discomforting. It's up to the school leader to establish trust. Allow Enough Time Be Broad and Inclusive Get Outside Help

Building your Personal Learning Network  A Personal Learning Network (PLN) is a group of people you count on to: guide you in your learningbe your source of advice and resourcesmake you aware of learning opportunitiesshare their best practicespoint you to answers and support This concept of a PLNÂ has been around for many years. What has changed in recent years though is the reach, the size and the availability of that network. The look of a PLN has changed. From your colleagues in the building you work ina cherished personal mentorprofessional development opportunities offered sporadically throughout the yearconferencescollege credit classes taken for re-certification to: BlogsRSS ReadersTwitterNingsSkypePodcastsWikis Your PLN is no longer tied to your zip code and you no longer work in isolation. Your PLN is customized as: it filters the vast information available and pushes what interests youyou choose who is part of your networkyou decide when and how to access and use it Learning how to build your own PLN is: Related 21. 26. 20.

Homework Policy Homework Policy Guidelines for the Assignment of Homework and Responsibilities of Students, Staff and Parents I. Homework contributes toward building responsibility, self-discipline and lifelong learning habits. Homework assignments include: · Practice exercises to follow classroom instruction · Preview assignments to prepare for subsequent lessons · Extension assignments to transfer new skills or concepts to new situations · Creative activities to integrate many skills toward the production of a response or product II. Actual time required to complete assignments will vary with each student’s study habits, academic skills, and selected course load. III. Students are expected to turn work in on time. · partial credit · no credit · missed reward activity · communication with parents · after school detention Students who miss homework because of an absence will receive the opportunity to make up missed work. IV. Responsibilities of Staff: Responsibilities of Parents: Responsibilities of Students:

What Does Google+ Mean for Education I became a Google+ user this week and I like it. From what I can tell it lets you do pretty much everything Facebook lets you do with some bonuses including being able to edit your status updates and comments and that you can select who the feed goes to via the circle(s) in which you share your updates. The circles I'm using are colleagues, co-workers, GTA, friends, family, volleyball. Another cool feature is hanging out. What if students were empowered to lead hang out discussions and if necessary the teacher could move from discussion to discussion. Top 3 things I like. 1-You can edit your posts 2-You can hit return without the comment posting itself 3-You can still tag people Top 3 things I love 1-You can select who sees your message. Great tip Shorten your Google+ page url at This allows you to change the url for your Google+ page to be something like this: instead of this:

How to Create a Robust and Meaningful Personal Learning Network [PLN] This post describes how educators can develop a personal learning network that supports meaningful and relevant learning. The MOOC, Education Technology & Media, etmooc, is used here as a working example of how to develop a PLN. “My Personal Learning Network is the key to keeping me up-to-date with all the changes that are happening in education and how technology can best support and engage today’s students.” Brian Metcalfe: teacher, blogger at A visual image of participants in an open, online course- etmooc, which shows the potential to find and create personal connections as part of one’s PLN. (image credit: Alec Couros) I wrote a post recently about how to develop a personal learning environment [PLE], the need and benefits of doing so, for educators in particular. What is a PLN? Twitter 6×6 (Photo credit: Steve Woolf) Logo for etmooc from In the etmooc we are primarily using Google+ Community , Blackboard Collaborate and Twitter to interact. Resources

July 2010 Harry & Rosemary Wong Ten Year Summary of Articles, 2000 to 2010 During my 1st and 2nd year, I was completely clueless and going insane! I was SURE teaching was not for me and I was surviving aimlessly and hopelessly. I didn't know how to put my teaching problems into words as I did not know what was wrong. A Poetry Unit that Transforms Reluctant Writers into Confident Poets By Teresa Kirkland the author shares a poetry unit she created for her 6th grade students. Advice for Subs: Are You Ready for Subbing in High School? By Barbara Pressman What if I really don’t know the material? Teaching Children the Essential Skill of Self-Control By Leah Davies, M.Ed. Without self-control, students say and do things impulsively which often leads to trouble. Dyslexia in the Kindergarten Child By Kimberly Willoughby Every once in a while you have a student assigned to your class that seems a mystery, that makes you feel inadequate to the task. By Teachers.Net News Desk By Marybeth Ames Writing Prompts for July

20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network - Getting Smart by Miriam Clifford “20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network” by Miriam Clifford first appeared on the InfomED blog. Networking is a prime form of 21st century learning. The world is much smaller thanks to technology. Just this month, a tech news article showcased how Harvard scientists are considering that “sharing discoveries is more efficient and honorable than patenting them.” As educators, we aim to be connected to advance our craft. Learning networks are based on the theory of connectivism, or learning from diverse social webs. What are some ways to grow your PLN and improve the quality of your interactions? 10 Tips For Using PLN’s Keep the spirit of collaboration as your driving force. 10 Tools & Strategies for Establishing a Productive PLN Use Diigo, Evernote, Pocket, or Delicious to bookmark links. PLNs are a powerful change agent.

Connected Educators, Leaders and Schools Connected students need connected teachers. Connected teachers need backing from connected administrators. Connected administrators create and support connected schools! What do I mean by connected? I am looking beyond the traditional meaning of being connected. It is an intentional connection for specific purposes not merely a passive “knowing the right people”. What are some next steps for administrators to become connected leaders and learners? Next Steps: Dedicate time: minimum 15 minutes a dayGrow your PLN: read blogs and TwitterTell a story: Go beyond marketing for your school, but see sharing as part of the mechanism of your network.Bring connected learning to the consciousness of your learning communityParticipate actively: Seek out online conference, Twitter chats or follow Twitter hashtags around an interesting conversation As a connected learner, I look to my network to: (see 4)be part of a crowdsourcing experience (see 5) LinkedIn? Pinterest? Facebook? Further Resources: Related 29.